Leaving alone on a jet plane


boat-alone430Shared EMIs, shared housework, heavy lifting, apocalyptic uteruses… there are plenty of reasons why people marry. Double room tariffs is not one of them. But consider this: an 8N/9D Wonders of Europe summer package on MakeMyTrip costs ₹1,44,990 per person for couples and ₹1,75,990 for a solo traveller — a steep single supplement of ₹31,000 or 20-odd per cent. A sum that can easily pay for another weekend of temporary bliss in peak-season Leh or pocket-friendly Bangkok.

MakeMyTrip is not alone. Singling out single travellers is a common industry practice. One that is about as irritating for single-income, multiple-destination wander-lusters, as couples canoodling in public Jacuzzis on a cruise. Or finding a pair of towel swans on the bed after flying thousands of miles to put time and distance between them and their recently acquired exes. Short of hanging a ‘stags and dogs are not allowed’ sign, travel operators, hotels and cruises appear to pull out all stops to keep singletons at home.

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